Yellow Pig Day

July 17, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning math majors. Today is Sunday, July 17th. The holidays today are:

Yellow Pig Day 

If you’re like me, you are probably wondering “what the heck is Yellow Pig Day”? This holiday dates back to the 1960s when two math students at Princeton, Michael Spivak and David C. Kelly, were given an assignment to analyze the properties of the number 17. Thinking about the number 17 for so long drove them a bit nuts, (as one might imagine), so they came up with the idea of a mythical yellow pig. The yellow pig had seventeen toes, seventeen teeth, seventeen eyelashes, etc. Later, Kelly lectured and developed classes around it. Spivak published several mathematic texts, while not based upon it, does subtly reference the number 17 and Yellow Pig.
Today, mathematicians in colleges and universities all across the country celebrate Yellow Pig Day by eating Yellow Pig Cake and singing Yellow Pig Carols. And of course, the festivities always take place on the 17th day of July. This is not a holiday for the unimaginative, so let your imagination run wild today. Find your own unique way to celebrate this holiday. Just be sure to include the number 17, and yellow pigs, into your festivities. The references to these things can be obscure; for instance, you could use Chinese policemen to represent your Yellow Pigs. Have fun.

Wrong Way Corrigan Day 

Wrong Way Corrigan Day celebrates the anniversary of the date, in 1938, on which aviation pioneer Douglas Corrigan flew the wrong direction from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York. His stated destination was Long Beach, California, but instead, he landed at Baldonnel Aerodrome, County Dublin, Ireland.
He claimed his unauthorized flight was due to a navigational error, caused by heavy cloud cover that obscured landmarks and low-light conditions, causing him to misread his compass. However, he was a skilled aircraft mechanic (he was one of the builders of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis) and had made several modifications to his own plane, preparing it for a transatlantic flight. He had previously been denied permission to make a nonstop flight from New York to Ireland because his self-built aircraft had been deemed “not airworthy for a transatlantic flight” by the Bureau of Air Commerce, and his “navigational error” was seen as deliberate. Nevertheless, he never publicly admitted to having flown to Ireland intentionally.
Corrigan’s “error” caught the imagination of the American public and inspired many jokes. The nickname “Wrong Way’ Corrigan” passed into common use and is still mentioned (or used as satire) when someone has the reputation for taking the wrong direction.

World Emoji Day

In 2014, Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge created World Emoji Day. The date of July 17 has been the date featured on the iconic red and black Apple’s iOS calendar emoji since its launch in 2002.
An emoji is a Japanese expression which roughly means “picture word” and was developed in 1990 by Shigetaka Kurita. While working for NTT Docomo, a Japanese telecom company, Kurita design these picture words as a feature on their pagers to make them more appealing to teens. When Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, an emoji keyboard was embedded to nab the Japanese market. While not intended for American users to find, they did and quickly figured out how to use it.
Every year new emojis (both emoji and emojis are acceptable plural forms of the word) are developed. keeps track of all the emoji updates across all platforms and operating systems. Currently, there are over 1800 emojis covering much more than just emotions. From transportation, food, an assortment of wild and domesticated animals to social platforms, weather and bodily functions emojis virtually speak for themselves.

National Ice Cream Day and Peach Ice Cream Day

For some reason, today is both National Ice Cream Day and Peach Ice Cream Day. One or the other holiday is listed in each of my sources, and one source listed both.
July is Ice Cream Month, so it stands to reason that there would be a number of ice cream-related holidays this month, but seldom do to two of them fall on the same day. And yes, these are two separate holidays. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month, and at the same time, he also designated the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. However, Peach Ice Cream Day is always celebrated on July 17th.
National Ice Cream Day celebrates one of America’s favorite treats, ice cream, DUH! When you get the urge for a snack on a hot summer day, nothing satisfies it like ice cream. There are hundreds of possible flavor and topping combinations, so the only problem you’ll have in celebrating this holiday is deciding which to choose. If it weren’t for all that sugar, and all of those pesky calories, you could almost consider ice cream to be a health food. Its two main ingredients, milk and eggs, are quite nutritious.
You don’t need a college degree to figure out what Peach Ice Cream Day celebrates. Peaches are one of the favorite fruits of the summer season. People wait about 48 weeks for the peach harvest to ripen. And, when it does, for a few short weeks, its  “peach everything”. In celebration of the harvest, the ice cream companies make peach ice cream. It’s hard to find other times of the year. Most major ice cream makers only produce it during the summer.
The ‘scoop’ is that today is a ‘peachy’ day to enjoy some cool, refreshing ice cream; in the form of a soda or shake, as a sundae, a cone, or simply in a dish and if you choose peach ice cream as your flavor of choice…all the better. Just don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate one, or both, of these holidays today. For those of you who still reside in Bakersfield, I see a trip to Dewar’s in your immediate future.

World Day for International Justice — I’m just going to link to this holiday. If you are interested, click the link.

On this date in:

  • 1821 – Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
  • 1862 – National cemeteries were authorized by the Congress.
  • 1866 – Authorization was given to build a tunnel beneath the Chicago River. The three-year project cost $512,709.
  • 1867 – Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston, MA. It was the first dental school in the United States.
  • 1898 – U.S. troops under General William R. Shafter took Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
  • 1917 – The British royal family adopted the Windsor name.
  • 1941 – Brigadier General Somervell directed Architect G. Edwin Bergstrom to have basic plans and architectural perspectives for an office building that could house 40,000 War Department employees on his desk by the following Monday morning. The building became known as the Pentagon.
  • 1941 – The longest hitting streak in baseball history ended when the Cleveland Indians pitchers held New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hitless for the first time in 57 games.
  • 1954 – The Brooklyn Dodgers made history as the first team with a majority of black players.
  • 1955 – Disneyland opened in Anaheim, CA.
  • 1960 – Francis Gary Powers pled guilty to spying charges in a Moscow court after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
  • 1975 – An Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit. It was the first link up between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • 1987 – Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and rear Admiral John Poindexter begin testifying to Congress at the “Iran-Contra” hearings.
  • 1997 – After 117 years, the Woolworth Corporation closed its last 400 stores.

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